LGBTQ+ History Month

February is LGBTQ+ History Month and we've teamed up with our friends at Lambeth Libraries to bring you a varied programme of talks, workshops, and podcasts.  

With events aimed at all ages, hopefully you'll find something of interest.

Queer Writing Listchallenges

Take on one of our Queer Writing listchallenges this LGBT+ History Month? See how many you've read, or find some new titles or authors to inspire you! Choose from our New LGBTQ+ Writing challenge  or our LGBTQ+ Children's and Young Adult recommendations

Queer History Through the Archives with Sheffield & Lambeth Libraries

Join Suzie Wright of Sheffield Archives and Jon Newman of Lambeth Archives
as they explore some of their collection highlights that offer insights into local
LGBTQ+ history, and discuss ways to better collect such materials for the future.

Big Queer Lit Quiz

Wednesday 17 February, 6.30pm
Delivered through Zoom
Book online

Queer Literary Quiz Do you know your Maupins from your Hollinghursts? Your And Tango Makes Three from your Heather has two Mummies? We’ll be bringing you a quiz all on LGBTQ+ literature (and a little bit of history!) this February. Just log on with your pen and paper for 5 rounds of questions and we’ll find our quiz winner! 

The Glamour Boys by Chris Bryant

Monday 15th February, 7pm
In the early 1930s, a group of young, queer British MPs visited Berlin on a series of trips that would change the course of the Second World War. Having witnessed the Nazis' brutality first-hand, these men were some of the first to warn Britain about Hitler. At a time when even the suggestion of homosexuality could land you in prison, the bravery these men were forced to show in their personal lives gave them extraordinary courage in public. Join author Chris Bryant to discuss his latest best-selling book The Glamour Boys. 

Skin: It Takes Blood and Guts 

Tuesday 23rd February, 7pm

Lead singer of multi-million-selling rock band Skunk Anansie, solo artist, LGBTQ+ activist and all around trail blazer – Skin is a global icon, and she has been smashing stereotypes for over twenty-five years. Her journey from Brixton to one of the most influential women in British rock is nothing short of extraordinary. Her success has been ground-breaking in every way, which has come at a personal cost. She has always been vocal about social and cultural issues and was championing LGBTQ+ rights at a time when few artists were out and gay.

Podcasts during LGBTQ+ History Month

Listen on Apple, Spotify, and other podcast platforms, or through the Sheffield Libraries Anchor page

Heroes from the Archives

Episode released 8th February
Archivists from Sheffield and Lambeth delve into their collections to tell the stories of LGBTQ heroes from both Sheffield and Lambeth.  We’ll also discuss ongoing archive collection building.

LGBTQ interest books for Children and Young People

Episode released 15th February
Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Prize judges Liz Chapman and Zoey Dixon chat about the best LGBTQ+ interest books aimed at children and young people.

Bestselling Crime Writer, Russ Thomas in Conversation

Episode released 22nd February
Russ is the author of crime-thriller Firewatching and his new book Nighthawking is published in February 2021.  Protagonist, Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler is a maverick new detective desperate to kickstart his stagnating career.  He also happens to be gay, a rare occurrence in bestselling crime-fiction. 

For Children and Young People

Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow

An online event for schools with author Benjamin Dean.  

For children aged 9+  Delivered using MS Teams. 
Monday 22nd February, 10.00 - 11.00am
Book online
Things aren’t going great for Archie Albright. His dad’s acting weird, his mum too, and he all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad’s pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer. Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away. Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heart-warming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it...

LGBTQ Kids do go to Magic School: How I built queer-inclusive magical worlds

An online event with LD Lapinski, author of The Strange Worlds Travel Agency
LD talks about how she came up with the idea of Strange Worlds, about world-building in writing, and how she plans to make her novels inclusive and representative.  


On a Queer Theme

A Queer Writing Competition for Young People aged 13 – 18

We’re looking for short stories of 500 – 1000 words, on a queer theme.  It’s that simple.  Just submit your entry to  before midnight 31st March 2021, marked ‘LGBTQ+ Story Comp’.  

Entrants must be aged 13 – 18 when the competition closes.  The winner will be selected by Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Prize judges Liz Chapman and Zoey Dixon.  
Prize - £50 of book tokens

Making Our Own Queer History 

Writing workshops with Sheffield Libraries Writer-in-Residence, Nik Perring
  • 1st February, 6pm      13 - 15 yrs
  • 1st March, 6pm          16 – 18 yrs

Come and make your voices heard. A workshop to show you how to put your hopes, worries, and dreams into words, and to celebrate your own queer stories in any way you choose.
Nik will show you how to shape your brilliant ideas, and channel your own unique perspectives on the world, into exciting and arresting pieces of writing. Poets, prose writers, and those brand new to writing are all welcome. There’ll also be an opportunity for your work to be broadcast on Sheffield Library’s Digital Channel, and to enter it into the On a Queer Theme Writing Competition.

Online Storytimes

King and King
by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland
Episode released 17th February

Young Prince Bertie’s mother is determined to find him a queen, but Bertie has never much cared for princesses.  Then one day, Prince Lee arrives. Has Bertie finally met his match?
Published by Penguin Random House 

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We are delighted to working with Gays the Wordthe UK's oldest LGBT+ bookshop.

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